6th November 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
23rd October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister ‘disappointed’ at losing fight against gay adoption rights 12
11:55 AM — Edwin Poots says he’s “disappointed” at the UK Supreme Court for dismissing his latest legal challenge against adoption rights for same-sex couples.
22nd October 2013
UK Supreme Court rejects Northern Ireland Health Minister’s appeal against gay adoption 10
6:14 PM — The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting children in Northern Ireland.
7th October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister: ‘It is not a human right for gay couples to adopt children’ 33
2:25 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots says "It is not a human right to adopt a child for either a mixed-sex couple or a same-sex couple."
Northern Ireland gay couple use English adoption route in order to bypass anti-gay ban 2
12:12 PM — A gay couple living in Northern Ireland have said they went to England to adopt in order to get round NI's gay adoption ban.
26th September 2013
Head of Barilla pasta says ‘We won’t include gays in our ads’ 68
3:09 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla is under fire for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
25th September 2013
Gay parents make up 12.5% of adoption applications in York 3
1:34 PM — Adoptions by gay and lesbian couples in York are on the rise: Data from York City Council shows that 12.5 per cent of all York's adoption applications in 2013 have been from LGBT couples or individuals, with all applications proving successful
17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
13th September 2013
Northern Ireland Health Department to fight to keep gay adoption ban at Supreme Court 51
6:26 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots plans to spend even more public money in his fight against allowing same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
11th September 2013
Lithuania: Parliament to consider five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills 48
11:56 AM — Five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills are set to be considered in the Lithuanian parliament later this year, including a ban on gender reassignment, a ban on same-sex adoption, regulations of public events, and a legalisation of anti-gay hate speech.
1st August 2013
France: Sperm donor granted visiting rights to the child of a same-sex couple 16
1:22 PM — A judge in France has granted visiting rights to the biological father of a lesbian couple's child, despite claims that they did not expect him to seek any rights as an acting sperm donor.
25th July 2013
Russia: Author publishes gay themed children’s book in spite of anti-gay laws 7
5:09 PM — An author in Russia has published a children's book that prominently features a gay character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.
10th July 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister spends £40,000 of public money appealing against pro-gay adoption ruling 18
11:39 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has used £40,000 of public money in a legal campaign to prevent same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
3rd July 2013
Russia: Putin signs same-sex adoption ban into law 18
4:12 PM — The Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed a ban on child adoption by same-sex couples in Russia.
Elton John: It is ‘hard to stay sane’ in the modern music industry 2
3:12 PM — Sir Elton John has criticised the modern music industry for turning musicians into "bitter nonentities," and has said that his music career "will have to change" so that he can look after his two children.
28th June 2013
Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average 9
6:54 PM — An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.
27th June 2013
Russia: Federation Council passes anti-gay propaganda and adoption bills 3
1:20 PM — The upper house of the Russian Parliament voted yesterday to approve both a bill banning adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples and the anti-"propaganda" bill banning the promotion of non-traditional relationships.
Northern Ireland: Health Minister’s appeal dismissed paving way for civil partners to adopt 10
12:10 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots' challenge against a senior judge’s ruling on adoption rights for couples in civil partnerships has been dismissed.
22nd June 2013
German foreign minister slams Russia over possible anti-gay adoption ban 4
6:48 PM — Germany's foreign minister has heavily criticised Russian's recently advanced legislation which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples.
4th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.